'Austin Plowers,' 'O-Plow Winfrey' among potential names for Chicago snow plows

At first glance, "Hey now, you're a plow star" and "Sleet Home Chicago" sound like songs a "Weird Al" Yankovic impersonator might sing at a snow-removal industry conference.

Instead, they're two of the names Chicago residents have pitched for six of Chicago's snow plows. Chicago Streets and Sanitation officials encouraged residents to

submit name ideas in December. Voting is now open through Jan. 31 for residents to select up to six submissions out of the 50 final names chosen by the city. Among the

final contenders are, "Austin Plowers," "Better Call Salt," "O-Plow Winfrey," "Chance the Scraper," "LollaPLOWlooza," "Benny the Bull-izzard" and "The Plowminator."MORE: Snow

threat as new storm targets already hard-hit California Once voting ends at the end of the month, the top names will be featured on snow plows in each of Chicago's six snow

districts, according to a press release. Voting is limited to Chicago residents. "I'm thrilled to begin this fun and exciting naming process for our vitally important

fleet of snow vehicles," Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said when she announced the first-ever city-wide competition in December.